Aaron Norris just turned 17 last week and is still somewhat undersized for the defensive line at the college level, but there is no reason he can't grow into that role with a year-and-a-half remaining before he even begins his first college training camp.
"I'll play anywhere," he said. "Wherever they want me."
Chatfield coach Bret McGatlin said Norris has one of the best reaction times to the ball being snapped he has seen. It helped Norris become a consensus First-team All-Big Eight Conference selection as a junior last fall.
Norris also has caught the attention of a few programs around the country as he prepares for his senior season and choosing a college.
Norris said he has received letters from Kansas State, Arizona State, Florida and Texas so far. He said the only communication he has had from in-state schools has come from Colorado State. He is still waiting for his first scholarship offer.
Norris said he believes schools might recruit him to play linebacker even though he plays nose guard for Chatfield. He said his coaches will probably experiment with him at defensive end and outside linebacker next fall. He is hoping to register more sacks as a senior.
Norris recently sent film of his junior season to programs around the nation. So his recruitment will probably pick up when the spring evaluation period begins in mid-April. It's a six-week period when college assistants can travel to high schools to speak with coaches and watch prospects compete in spring sports.
Norris said he is a good student and is working to improve. He said his current GPA is 2.9, which means academics probably won't be an issue that prevents him from getting into most schools.
We'll keep in touch with Aaron throughout the year to see where the recruiting process takes him.